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WHO warns of Covid: critical for the next few weeks and months

Kerkhove has also urged individuals to get vaccinated and take steps to reduce the risk of being infected again. She has also asked people to wear a mask indoors when with others outside of your immediate family members.

In a series of tweets, she wrote: “The next few weeks and months are crucial to be vigilant for #COVID19. As individuals: Get vaccinated and take steps to reduce the risk of (re)infection. Wear a mask indoors when you are with others outside of your immediate family. Distance. Testing. airing Wash your hands. live safe Be kind.”

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Apart from that, Kerkhove has also urged governments to step up surveillance and testing.

“Governments: Increase surveillance, testing, sequencing, access to treatments and O2, vaccinate all vulnerable people, surge capacities and PPE, invest in ventilation and in a heavily protected workforce. Ensure policies are agile to deal with epi, capacity and financial needs,” she wrote.

In addition, she has asked the government to invest in research into the Covid and its many variants. She also called for support for patients with a post-Covid or Long Covid battle.

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“continue to invest in research into this virus and its many variants and to continue developing new tools; Supporting patients with post-COVID-19 disease (#LongCovid); fight the infodemic and misinformation; communicate regularly and openly and restore trust; Sharing successes,” she wrote.

She concluded by warning that Covid is not over but the tools to end the pandemic are now available.

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“COVID19 is not over yet, but we have the means to end this pandemic. We all continue to play an important role. WER is here to work with everyone, everywhere, to end the global emergency…everywhere,” she wrote in the tweet.

Last month, the WHO warned that the world must be prepared for new variants of the coronavirus as Covid-19 infections rise.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the statement at a press conference amid the emergence of new variants that are more transmissible and immune-preventable and growing concerns about increased hospitalization for Covid patients.

WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan had previously warned of new Covid 19 waves. There is growing evidence that Omicron subvariants – BA.4 and BA.5 – infect people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus infection.

Earlier, Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a news conference he was concerned about rising Covid-19 cases – putting further pressure on overburdened health systems and health workers.

“I’m also concerned about the increasing trend in deaths,” he said.

“The virus is spreading unchecked and countries are not effectively managing the disease burden because of their capacity, both in terms of hospitalizations for acute cases and the growing number of people with post-Covid-19 illnesses – often as long- referred to as covid. ” he said.

“New waves of the virus show once again that Covid-19 is far from over. As the virus pushes towards us, we must push back,” said the WHO chief.

According to New Age Health, the total number of Covid cases around the world is fast approaching 589 million. According to the latest global data, the total number of cases rose to 588,866,875 while the death toll reached 6,435,704 as of Sunday morning.

The US has so far registered 93,897,604 cases and 1,058,726 people have died from the virus. India’s daily Covid-19 case count tops 16,000 as of August 10. The seventh Covid wave hit Canada in June and July. Mainland China has reported 1,094 new coronavirus cases as of Aug. 9.

In early July, BA.5, part of the Omicron family, was the latest coronavirus variant causing widespread waves of infection around the world.

Omicron’s BA.5 subvariant accounted for an estimated 77.9 percent of circulating coronavirus variants in the United States in the week ended July 16, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

BA.5, which has been shown to be particularly good at bypassing immune protection provided by vaccination or prior infection, has led to a surge in new infections worldwide.

There is also no evidence that BA.5 is more dangerous than all other Omicron variants, WHO’s Van Kerkhove had pointed out, although spikes in cases can put pressure on health services and risk more people catching COVID for a long time.

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